All the Presidents' Pastries - 25 Years in the White House


by Roland Mesnier, Flammarion, 2007. First English language edition. Hardback, tan illustrated covers, 343 pages. A delightful read! With Christian Malard. Translated from the French by Louise Rogers LaLourie.

From the DJ back cover: "This extraordinary success-story-told by the hero himself-of a young French pastry chef who climbed his way to the top, embodies the great American dream. After working at the Savoy in London, the George V in Paris, the Princess in Bermuda, and the Homestead in Virginia, Roland Mesnier took on the job of a lifetime as pastry chef to the White House. He provides behind-the-scenes insight into the characters, tastes, and obsessions of the five presidents and first ladies he served during his 25 years in Washington.

Having witnessed major world events from the hub of the world's superpower, Mesnier has unique perspective on both crises and celebrations. He recounts stories such as Carter's incessant battle for the return of American hostages in Tehran, the aftermath of the attempt to assassinate Reagan, Bush senior's doubts after the war in Kuwait, and the shock of September 11. He uncovers intimate details such as Mrs. Reagan's bad moods and Prince Charles's embarrassment at not knowing how to use a tea bag. Fiercely loyal to each of the first families, Mesnier's bipartisan message is positive and inspirational."

The final chapter provies us home cooks with 17 easy-to-follow recipes that were the favorite (non-state dinner) desserts of presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and their families.

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